Jason Isringhausen didn’t sign a minor-league deal with the Angels until late February, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the 39-year-old right-hander will be in the Opening Day bullpen.
Isringhausen will get at least $700,000 for cracking the roster and has further incentives based on appearances after throwing 47 innings with a 4.05 ERA and 44/24 K/BB ratio for the Mets last season.
He hasn’t pitched all that well or all that often this spring, but manager Mike Scioscia always seemed pretty set on Isringhausen making the team and he’ll likely serve in a middle relief role.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.
Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.
Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.